My Favorite Spots in Paris
Ooooh I am so excited to be sharing my favorite spots in Paris and some gorgeous images of my time there in July! I think it's impossible to take a bad photo in Paris. Every corner had a cute cafe or old building. I can't recall even one street that didn't have a "Paris feel."
The city itself reminded me a lot of Manhattan with its energy and walkability, only without the tall buildings and feeling of having to get somewhere in a hurry. People do truly take it slowly in Paris. At restaurants and coffee shops, our servers didn't rush us to pay and leave as soon as we finished like I'm used to at efficiency-focused spots in the U.S.
For the most part our time in Paris was relaxing, but it does still have a trace of the big city bustle. While I loved visiting Paris, when our time there was over I was excited to be heading farther south in France for 12 days for some slow living and relaxation.
All images shot on Fuji 400h film with a Contax 645 | Developed and scanned by Photovision
Check out my list of favorite Paris spots:
Merci: A lovely little coffee shop. It's also a used book store, and it's connected to a store with clothes, stationery, home goods, and other beautiful objects by different artists and makers.
Canal Saint-Martin: Someone said this to Keegan and I can't remember who: If you're a cool American, you hangout on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower, and if you're a cool Parisian, you hangout on Canal Saint-Martin. Well we did this for more than a few nights — it sort of became the norm on our trip! It's so low-key — buy a bottle of vino and some butter or cheese in one of the grocery stores nearby, a baguette (or two!) from a bakery, and you're set for the night.
Palace of Versailles: While not in Paris, it's an easy day trip! I could do an entire post on this place since I took so many photos while I was there! Visiting Versailles has been a dream of mine for a few years, and I even cried when I first arrived.
Le Comptoir General: My favorite bar in Paris — there isn't a sign but you can find it by the address. Don't be intimidated by the bouncers in the front! Get through the initial gate, walk quietly down the walkway, and once you're in, you're good to go.
Botanical Garden of Paris: A lovely place to take a stroll!
La Seine: It's just as romantic as they say! The first time I saw it, we just sort of happened upon it while walking around and I was so happy! On one of our last nights in Paris, Keegan and I brought bread, cheese, meat, and wine down to the water and had a picnic! He says the photos of this remind him of a Kinfolk spread, hahaha.
The Louvre: It's majestic! There were a handful landmarks in Paris that I was so excited to see and this was near the top of the list. Like many of the spots we went to, it felt unreal to see it in person after seeing photos for so many years. It was crowded but truly an incredible experience. We didn't have enough time or patience in the moment to walk through the entire museum (this would take hours!), but I'm happy with what we saw (and I had to get some photos of Mona Lisa, although I was more impressed by the packed-in crowd in front of her!).
The Broken Arm: I loved this coffee shop! They have indoor and outdoor seating, and it's connected to a neat shop.
Télescope: Another great coffee shop! If I remember correctly, they don't have wifi, but they had a great chicken salad sandwich.
Gigi: Amazing crepes! The restaurant is on a beautiful block with other cute restaurants nearby and lots of people strolling around.
Luxembourg Garden: This was one of the highlights of my time in Paris! This garden was breathtaking. We spent an entire afternoon here.
Notre Dame Cathedral: I didn't have too much interest in this spot but knew I at least wanted to see it. The line was almost a quarter-mile long (I'm serious, I'm good with guessing distances) so we didn't even bother trying to go in. Also, it was really busy while we were there because the First Ladies of France and the U.S. were about to arrive for an event of some sort!
Eiffel Tower: And of course, you must visit the Eiffel Tower. Need I say more?